Middle East Research and Information Project: Critical Coverage of the Middle East Since 1971

During the past two decades, a proselytizing, reformist, “Islamist” movement -- mainly characterized as “Wahhabi” -- has gained increasing popularity throughout Yemen. Wahhabism actively opposes both the main Yemeni schools -- Zaydi Shi‘ism in the north and Shafi‘i Sunnism in the south and in the Tihama. It is closely connected with the political party Islah, a coalition of tribal, mercantile and religious interests that pursues a mixed social and political agenda. [1]

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How to cite this article:

Shelagh Weir "A Clash of Fundamentalisms," Middle East Report 204 (Fall 1997).